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Whiskey, Ginger Beer, and Pomegranate Cocktail

Whiskey-Ginger-Pom

The following post was written by Sarah Oliver, a member of POPSUGAR Select Food whose healthy, athlete-oriented recipes can be found on The Cyclist's Wife.

Over the Summer, a friend of ours schooled us on whiskey and bourbon. I don't often drink hard alcohol, and if I do, it is usually in the form of a margarita. I have never been a fan of whiskey. My theory being: why have Jack and Coke when I can have Captain and Coke?

But our whiskey and bourbon education was incredibly interesting to me. As a food blogger, I often see whiskey and bourbon popping up in all kinds of recipes.

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Later in the Summer on a trip to Montana, we were excited to find out a nearby town had a distillery (Willie's Distillery in Ennis). Of course we stopped in, partook in a whiskey tasting, and left with a nice bottle for home. The first drink we made at the suggestion of the distillery was a whiskey and ginger beer. It was tasty, and the ginger flavor was a nice complement to the strong whiskey taste. It was also the inspiration for this drink, the whiskey-ginger-pom.

Whisky Ginger Pom - 2

I wanted to use a seasonal fruit and thought pomegranate would be perfect. The tartness and beautiful color makes this more of a ladies' whiskey drink, but my husband loved it too.

For the recipe, keep reading.

Whiskey-Ginger-Pom

Ingredients:
1 ounce of your favorite whiskey
1 1/2 ounces pomegranate simple syrup (recipe below)
2 ounces ginger ale
A few pomegranate seeds for garnish.

Directions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into your shaker.
  2. Shake well and serve over ice.
  3. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 heaping cup pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a sauce pan.
  2. Simmer on medium to high heat until sugar dissolves.
  3. Strain pomegranate seeds.
  4. Store in a sealed jar in your refrigerator.

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